An excellent cover crop, livestock feed, or smother crop.
Frost sensitive - plant in late spring when soil is warmer. Soybeans can be grown during the warm summer months for seed, organic matter, and for the estimated 130 lb. of nitrogen per acre they add upon breakdown. For maximum nitrogen addition, plow down once the seeds have set in the pods. An excellent cover crop, livestock feed, or smother crop. Soybeans are also used as a trap crop for deer. Once the soil has warmed and germination takes place, soybeans will grow rapidly and will compete with weeds. 3-4' tall, bushy plants. High nitrogen fixation and phytopthora resistance. Most roots are in the top 8" of soil, but some taproots can penetrate up to 6' giving the plant some resistance to drought stress. Plant in a rich, well-drained soil that is high in organic matter. A Ph of 6.0-6.8 is preferred. Pests include Mexican Bean Beetles, Leaf Hoppers and, and Japanese Beetles. Plants mowed or grazed will not dependably regrow. For a cover crop, drill or broadcast at 4 lb./1,000 sq.ft. (150 lb./acre). For grain harvest, plant with a corn planter at about 65 lb./acre. Inoculate with #9324 for best performance. Organically grown. Avg. 3,370 seeds/lb.
CULTURE: Sow the seeds at the time, rate, and depth specified for each variety listed. FOR GREEN MANURE: Till in at any growth stage. FOR ORNAMENTAL USE OR GRAIN HARVEST: Cut the plants near the base when most of the green color has turned brown and the seeds are hardening (no longer milky). SEED SPECS: Planting rates are listed in the comparison chart.
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Plants can be Annuals (single growing season), Perennials (grow year after year), Tender Perennials (grow year after year in warmer climates; and in some cases when given special protection in colder climates), or Biennials (require two years to mature).
Hybrid: The offspring of a cross between two or more distinct parent lines, usually of same species, and selected for improved traits.<br>Open-pollinated: A non-hybrid variety that can reproduce itself in kind, demonstrating relatively stable traits from one generation to the next.
Organic Seeds, Plants, and Supplies
Plants, or seeds harvested from plants, that have been grown without synthetic fertilizers or pesticides, strictly adhering to the USDA's National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) organic gardening practices are designated as Organic.
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